Blaine Police reports, April 12 – April 19

April 12, 9:50 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction and then determined the driver had a suspended driver’s license in the state of Washington for an unpaid ticket. The officer arrested the driver for driving while suspended in the third degree and gave him a criminal citation with a court date. The driver contacted his wife to come pick up his vehicle.

April 12, 7:05 p.m.: A resident on Goshawk Road reported that an elderly relative had departed for a walk hours earlier but had not returned. The caller feared the man had become lost: English was not the missing person’s native language and he was not familiar with the area. The first responding officer on the call located the gentleman resolutely marching onward, in a direction opposite his intended destination. He was given a courtesy ride home and reunited with his much-relieved family.

April 14, 8:48 a.m.: Blaine Middle School called to request a welfare check on a student who had not shown up to classes. Officers contacted the youth and her parents. Together they determined that, due a communications lapse at home, their student was almost able turn oversleeping into a midweek vacation. Her holiday was cut short and a parent delivered the youngster to the campus.

April 15, 1:15 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of an elderly resident missing from her home late at night. Just minutes later a homeowner called from a residence about a half mile away to report that a disoriented lady had just walked up and knocked on his front door seeking assistance. The Good Samaritan and his dog kept the visitor entertained until officers arrived. She was given a ride home after a North Whatcom Fire and Rescue team medically evaluated her to make sure she had not suffered injury on her walk, or during the slight vehicle mishap that preceded it. It turned out the lady had left home in the family car no one knew she could drive. Officers found it creatively parked off the street a few blocks away. The pieces of the garage door she had driven through while leaving home were gathered and returned home as well.

April 15, 3:16 p.m.: A postal employee called to report seeing a man riding his bicycle very slowly while peering into parked cars near the post office, possibly looking for valuables to steal. No vehicles appeared to have been entered by the cyclist, who had circled the block about five times before leaving the area.

April 16, 10:04 a.m.: A resident who was concerned about the mechanical integrity of a semi tractor he had observed parked on Boblett Street contacted police. Officers inspected the tractor, and informed its owners that it could not be legally driven until its mechanical and structural defects were corrected.

April 18, 7:46 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a possibly intoxicated man stumbling in the roadway near Third and Boblett streets. Officers contacted the man sitting on a street corner nearby, clutching a bouquet. He soberly explained that he lived nearby and was out for a walk after having a disagreement with his girlfriend. He had decided to bring her something to make amends, so had just toured the adjacent alleyways, stooping to collect wildflowers. He had not intended to cause the neighbors consternation and walked straight home to deliver his apology and flowers.

April 19, 2:10 a.m.: Police responded to a report of a man having threatened to kill a relative at the residence they share on Mitchell Avenue. The suspect had brandished a knife while making the death threats to the family member, and then left the house. Blaine officers, assisted by Border Patrol agents, searched for the man. He was located about an hour later, arrested and booked in to jail, and the knife he was carrying was booked in to evidence.

April 19, 2:30 a.m.: A gentleman walking on H Street noticed a small daypack tucked into shrubbery adjacent to the sidewalk. When he unzipped the bag and saw that its contents included handgun ammunition he called police, and stayed with the parcel to keep it secure until law enforcement arrived. The bag and its contents were impounded for investigation.

April 19, 7:45 p.m.: Police received a report of a domestic disturbance in progress outside a store on Boblett Street. Officers arrived to find that a domestic violence assault had just occurred, and arrested a man for attacking his girlfriend. He was booked into jail.

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